A couple of female Tiger Swallowtails have been hovering about sampling nectar front the front yard flowers.
The first lovely lady showed up early in the afternoon, with just a small nip missing from her left “tail.” She spent most of her time flitting from blossom to blossom on the butterfly bush.
The second chose to enjoy the Zinnias. You can tell she’s a female and not a male (featured in a previous post) because of the broad band of blue at the base of the wings.
In the picture below, you can see some of the basic butterfly anatomy pretty clearly – six spindly legs, two antennae, and a proboscis – which is a basically a straw for slurping nectar. The upper part of the body is the thorax and the lower part is the abdomen. I love that you can see the eyes too.
But of course, what makes us stand in amazement of this creature are those stunning wings – surely the envy (and the inspiration) of many an artist!
Although common to behold, the Tiger Swallowtail is certainly uncommon in beauty!